E-File Your 8868 Form with the IRS
What is the IRS Form 8868?
The IRS Form 8868 is used by Tax Exempt Organizations to request an extension of time for up to 6 months to file their organizations tax returns.
- Part I is to apply for an automatic 3-month extension of time to file an organization’s return. Only file the original form to the IRS (no copies are needed).
- Part II is used to apply for an additional (not automatic) 3-month extension. Only file the original form to the IRS (no copies needed).
Who Needs to File Form 8868?
This form grants nonprofits, charities, and other tax-exempt organizations an extension. You cannot apply for both the automatic 3-month extension and the additional (not automatic) 3-month extension at the same time. The following are the forms this extension applies to:
- IRS Tax Form 990
- IRS Tax Form 990-BL
- IRS Tax Form 990-EZ
- IRS Tax Form 990-PF
- IRS Tax Form 990-T
- IRS Tax Form 1041-A
- IRS Tax Form 4720
- IRS Tax Form 5227
- IRS Tax Form 6069
- IRS Tax Form 8870
What is the Deadline for the Form 8868?
This form is due by the original deadline for the return. In the case of an additional 3-month extension, the form is due by the extended deadline of the return. When requesting an additional extension of time to file, it is important to file Form 8868 early enough to avoid any denied requests and arrangements can be made in the event that the filed extension has been denied.
- You cannot use Form 8868 to extend the due date of e-postcard (Form 990-N).
- You cannot e-file Form 8870 with Part I or II: you must complete and send it in paper form.
- You still must pay your tax on time. This is only an extension for filing.